Best Bookstores in Sydney

Best Bookstores in Sydney
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Below is a list of the top and leading Bookstores in Sydney. To help you find the best Bookstores located near you in Sydney, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.

This article is updated every 3-4 months.

Sydney’s Best Bookstores:

The top rated Bookstores in Sydney are:

  • Books Kinokuniya
  • Abbey’s Bookshop
  • Gould’s Book Arcade

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Books Kinokuniya

Books Kinokuniya
Books Kinokuniya

Books Kinokuniya offers the experience of a true booklover’s haven in the city. Their spacious and tranquil environment, abundance of natural light and friendly informative staff make Kinokuniya a unique bookstore.

Located in the heart of Sydney CBD, Kinokuniya also stocks an extensive collection of Manga, graphic novels, art and design books, cookbooks, travel books and children’s literature. Their Chinese books and magazines are sourced from both Taiwan and mainland China and we also offer Japanese magazine subscription service.

Products/Services:

English Books, Chinese Books, Japanese Books, Comics/Manga, JLPT, Moleskin, Pop! Vinyl

LOCATION:

AddressLevel 2 The Galeries, 500 George St, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9262 7996
Website: www.kinokuniya.com.au

REVIEWS:

“This is by far the best book shop in the country and maybe even the rest of the world. Massive range of books from every category you could possibly need. Some titles are available here that you can’t find online. The staff aren’t psychotic when it comes to reading in the store and help out whenever you need it. Travel all the way from Wollongong just to come here sometimes. I sincerely hope this place stays open for a long time to come even after digital books become the norm.” -Nicholas Dove

Abbey’s Bookshop

Abbey's Bookshop
Abbey’s Bookshop

Abbey’s Bookshop – Nestled beside the Queen Victoria Building, Abbey’s Bookshop at 131 York Street has become an institution among readers and knowledge seekers looking for those hard to find books. Abbey’s remains a favourite of many of Australia’s academics and authors, politicians and lawyers.

Products/Services:

Fiction & Literature, Biography, History & Archaeology, Science & Medicine, Philosophy & Religion, Social Sciences & Law, Music & Performing Arts, Art & Architecture, Travel & Lifestyle, Health & Self-Help, Business & Economics, Computing & IT, Reference, Children’s & Educational, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Languages & ESL

LOCATION:

Address131 York St, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9264 3111
Website: www.abbeys.com.au

REVIEWS:

“Reliable book shop that is also able to give student discounts (went to buy a language workbook). At the start of the semester the workbook was sold out but they let me know their estimated time of restock and I was able to save roughly $15 compared to my university bookshop.” -Qi Qi

Gould’s Book Arcade

Gould's Book Arcade
Gould’s Book Arcade

Gould’s Book Arcade – Established in Sydney in 1967 Goulds Book Arcade is Australia’s largest retailer of used, remaindered, out-of-print and rare books under one roof. A local, family-run bookshop, Goulds is a member of the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA). Since 1989 the shop was at the city end of King St, Newtown, but moved in late 2018.

Products/Services:

History, Biography, Autobiography, Collectables, Rarities, Antique Books, Childrens, Craft, Pottery & Antiques, Crime, Law, Criminology, Espionage & Conspiracies, Economics , Ec History, Accounting & Statistics, Education, Teaching Methods & Child Development, Fiction – World, Food, Wine, Cooking & Diet, Gardening, Farming & Self Sufficiency, Gay, Lesbian & Queer Politics & Fiction, Health, Medicine & Nursing, Humour, Comics, Graphic Novels & Cartooning, World Journalism, Media & Cultural Studies, Languages, Maritime, the Sea & Oceanography, Marxism & Socialist Ideology, Movies, Film Theory, Performing Arts – World
Music Inc. Rock & Classical, New Age, Eastern Religion, Occult & Psychedelia, Philosophy & Religion, Photography, World, S.F. & Crime Fiction, Sciences & Tech. Subjects, inc. Maths & Astronomy, Sex & Erotica, Sport, Cars, Hobbies, Transport & Aviation, Theatre, Travel, Exploration, Mountaineering & Polar, Trotskyism & Anarchism, War, Military History, Strategy & Weapons, Womens Studies – inc. Feminism

LOCATION:

Address536 King St, Newtown NSW 2042
Phone: (02) 9519 8947
Website: www.gouldsbooks.com

REVIEWS:

“You’ll be able to find a large range of old books here with a decent price tag. I found some good computer science books here! (not that you could find these that often in a bookstore).” -Le Khoa

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